Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
October 4, 1978
Mrs. Esther M. Peters, 84, 531 W. Mechanic St., died Tuesday [3 Oct 1978].
Burial Forest Hill Cemetery.  Rev. Jack Barnett Haskins, officiate.
Member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Salon 8 & 40, and the War Mothers.
Born May 11, 1894 in Shelbyville, d/o  Rix  and  MeDora (Fry) Ives; married in 1912  Beecher Sexton, who died in 1927.  Married  Raymond Peters  in Shelbyville on Feb. 27, 1928.  He died Oct. 14, 1966.  Surviving are two children, Mrs. John (MeDora) Tennell, Shelbyville, and  William T. Sexton, Tampa, Fla, and four grandchildren and four great-grandchidren.  Three sisters and three brothers preceded in death.
Submitted by Don T. Mitchell
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday Afternoon, June 20, 1927
Page 1   column 3
Had Been Overcome by Gas
Fumes Escaping From Stove
During Saturday Night.
Funeral Services Held Here To-
day, and Body Sent to
Zanesville for Burial.
          Warren S. Peters,  age fifty-two, a teacher in the Shelbyville high school for twenty-two years, and principal of the high school during the last three years, was found dead on his bed in his room at No. 704 South Harrison street, Sunday morning about seven o'clock.  Death had been caused by gas fumes and was accidental, according to the verdict of  Edward Boyd,  Shelby county coroner.  The coroner, after making an examination, stated that every indication pointed to accidental death.  Mr. Peters had been dead for several hours before they body was discovered Sunday morning by  J. O. Pearson,  who had been called.
          Gas fumes were discovered in the house Sunday morning by occupants of another apartment.  Mr. Pearson was notified.  When he arrived he found the house filled with gas.  Going to the room of Mr. Peters it was found that gas was pouring from a gas stove in the room, and the room was filled with the fumes.  The body of Mr. Peters was on the bed.
          Dr. W. W. Tindall   was called.  He stated that Mr. Peters had been dead for several hours, probably before midnight Saturday night.  Some time Saturday night Mr. Peters had lighted the gas stove in his room.  He had then reclined on his bed, after removing his clothing, and donning his night clothing and a bath robe.  He had been reading an Ohio State University bulletin, as he planned to enter the university this week.  It is believed that Mr. Peters fell asleep, that the gas pressure became so low that the blaze was extingusihed, and that later the pressure became high, the fumes filling the room and causing the death of Mr. Peters while he was asleep.  He was wearing his glasses when found, and the bulletin had dropped from his hand onto the bed.
          Saturday Mr. Peters and  John Donley,  a teacher in the high school had driven to Terre Haute, where they spent the day.  They returned here Saturday evening.  Mr. Peters had planned to leave here Sunday for Columbus, Ohio, where his sister lives.  [My copy ends here - pmf]
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Holt  County  Sentinel
Orange, Missouri
February 5, 1897
Page 4   column 2
Called Home.
          Death, the mighty reaper of the harvest of life, has visited our neighborhood, and this time has harvested one of those grand old mothers.  On Friday last, January 29th, 1897, in the city of St. Joseph,  Mrs. Jane Peters  passed over the river, at the grand old age of 79 years.  God has laid the heavy hand of affliction -- by taking away a loved one and breaking the golden chain that binds heart to heart the members of one family.  How often we are reminded that these poor hearts of ours are constantly beating funeral marches to the grave; that each closing day brings us nearer to the time when we must bid adieu, not to those who have gone before, but to those we leave behind.
          Mrs. Jane Peters was born in Shelby county, Indiana, Feb. 10, 1817, and died in St. Joseph, at the home of her daughter,  Mrs. Lora Baker,  January 29, 1897, at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 19 days.  She was a woman of faith and prayer, a member of the Baptist church, having been in its communion about sixty years.  Her faith showed itself in her life as a mother, friend, and neighbor.
          In 1833 she was married to  David Peters,  and came west, settling in Andrew county this state, and thence to Oregon [Missouri] thirty-three years ago.  By this union 9 children were born, 7 of whom survive this grand old mother.  They are,  Mrs. Geo. Colvin,  of Maitland;  Mrs. Thos. Burnes,  Mrs. Lora Baker,  and  Wm. Peters,  of St. Joseph;  Mrs. McClaskey,  of Chicago;  John Peters,  of Mound City, and  Mrs. Sue Pinkston,  of this city.  All of these were in attendance at her funeral excepting Mrs. McClaskey and William, who were unable to attend.
          The funeral service was held from her late residence, Sabbath afternoon, January 31, 1897, conducted by Rev. Henry A. Sawyers, adided by Rev's. Kiplinger and Blanchard, the remains being laid to rest in the Oregon cemetery.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

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